What Causes Hiccups?

What Causes Hiccups?

What Causes HiccupsHiccups are caused by spasms of the diaphragm, which usually occur due to irritation of the nerve diaphragm known as a “nerve phrenicus”. So, what causes hiccups? The reasons for this irritation may be manifold: cold drinks, hot food, eating quickly or swallowing air during the conversation, and psychological causes such as stress (To learn how to get rid of stress read our patchouli essential oil article) and excitement. Contractions of the diaphragm make lungs to spread with a hitch, then the part of trachea – in which the vocal cords are also known as a mouthpiece (glottis) close with lightning speed, air flow is interrupted, and there come hiccups. Babies and young children hiccup about 3,000 times more frequently than adults. This is called baby hiccups. No one is immune to hiccups, including unborn children, who often hiccup in the womb. Men are more sensitive to hiccups than women.

Hiccups are generally harmless, but if it does not stop for hours and sometimes days, however, you should talk with your doctor. Hiccups cause can also be an organic cause such as abscesses (pyogenic inflammation) in the abdominal cavity below the diaphragm, inflammation of pancreas or the central nervous system disorders, and in the worst case the bleeding in the brain.

This is mostly what causes hiccups. Before you consult with a doctor, you should always try a few simple ways to stop hiccups.

How To Stop Hiccups?

how-to-stop-hiccupsThere are few traditional ways which work if you want to stop hiccups: remember the names of seven bald men, scare yourself, remember the day before yesterday what you ate for breakfast, eat a spoon of sugar or drink some water. Generally these tips have only one function – to mentally distract our attention from the hiccuping. That usually helps a lot, but if you do not succeed, experts have a few more advices.

If you are alone or at home, you can try to quickly breathe through the mouth or nose, panting like a dog, which relaxes the diaphragm or protrude your tongue, which also leads to the desired relaxation of muscle. Finally, if you find yourself in the company of loved ones, there is the nicest way to control hiccups: Kiss! However, if nothing helps you can try one more natural remedy: Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water, Liquid, 4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2).
These all are natural, non-aggressive ways which will answer your questions: How to stop hiccups and what causes hiccups?


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26 Responses to “What Causes Hiccups?”

  1. Kelly says:

    It should say by the end of this arrival your hiccups will be gone lol

  2. Kelly says:

    It should say at the end of this article ” thank you for reading this article your hiccups should now be gone” lol

  3. Malachi says:

    Amazing article. Most helpful one yet. A simple distraction is easiest to manifest and works well, something like reading the article.

  4. Heysguyz says:

    Had hiccups. Read this article. Hiccups are gone.

  5. Criss Cay says:

    I liked the article its so helpful.

  6. eur rey says:

    Sugar, sweet sugar. That did the trick. n not a bitch full, take a nice chunk spoonful.

  7. Common Sense says:

    “Contractions of the diaphragm make lungs to spread with a hitch, then the part of trachea – in which the vocal cords are also known as a mouthpiece (glottis) close with lightning speed, air flow is interrupted, and there come hiccups”

    Who WROTE this?? lol

  8. Jade says:

    Ha, remember the names of seven bald men. Guess what? That worked. Nice.

  9. aahlyne says:

    If you drink a cup of water with a pencil between your teeth they will stop.

  10. nomonde says:

    Thank you so much! I tried panting like a dog for less than a minute and it worked!
    Now I wud like to know how to suppress the pain caused by my menstrual cycle naturally without using pills!

  11. Owaka says:

    Call the name of the person whom you suspect to be talking about you & hiccups will be gone lol!

  12. Robert Mitchell says:

    Now, if they can only figure out how to stop the birping from you hind-end.

  13. Robert Mitchell says:

    Sorry, “your”.

  14. Matt Harvath says:

    Great Timing, I am having the hiccups at this moment!

  15. Becca says:

    I get “violent” hiccups. They make my entire body jerk and while I was a server a few years ago I had a case of these and couldn’t get rid of them. I tried all the tricks, then a kid at one of my tables told me the best trick ever! Get a glass of water or any drink and put a straw in it. Hold your nose and ears closed at same time and take a drink. Viola no more hiccups!!! Works EVERY single time. Oh no straw hold drink in mouth and hold ears and nose closed then swallow works the same!

  16. hayden says:

    try lying upside down and drinking a bottle of water (WARNING MAY CAUSE PUKING!!!)

  17. hayden says:

    no seriously try it

  18. silageus@yahoo.com says:

    Had hiccups. Read the article and when I finished my hiccups were gone. Great article. Thanks.

  19. Ann Marie says:

    Thanks in support of sharing such a fastidious thought, paragraph is nice, thats why i have read it fully

  20. kathy says:

    Loved it!! usually drinking water with head upside down worked but not at all~ ALL day hic ups- Panting like my dog worked GREAT& now he is all excited for play time LOL Thank you

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